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Identify and address common questions and misconceptions.

Domestic violence murders provide a dramatic and important opportunity for reporters to address many questions and misconceptions about domestic violence. For example: What are the warning signs to look out for? What are obstacles to leaving and strategies to help victims leave safely? Where can people go for help? How does violence in the home affect children?

Media Practice

“Westerly Chief Shawn Lacey told Eyewitness News the two men are cousins and were recently released from jail after they were arrested in connection with a Connecticut home invasion. There were ‘tensions’ between them ever since, according to Lacey. ‘This tragedy calls on us to recognize violence happens not only between spouses and dating partners, it also happens between cousins, siblings, parents and their adult children, step-relatives, in-laws and cohabitants,’ the statement read.” – WPRI, 1/27/20